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Staring at the sun: Brooklynites look up at library’s eclipse event

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Red, white, and bright: The Clinton Hill branch of Brooklyn Public Library handed out these super patriotic glasses for locals to safely view the eclipse on Monday.
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Snazzy shades: Molly Hauri, Finn Hauri, Nadia Sheikh, and Soraya Sheikh designed their own shades at the Clinton Hill library branch’s eclipse-viewing party Monday.
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Moon-shade: Monday’s event wasn’t a full eclipse, but the viewing party at the Clinton Hill book lender was packed nonetheless.
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Solar snap: Jessica Chong takes a picture of Monday’s eclipse through glasses handed out at the Clinton Hill branch of Brooklyn Public Library.

All eyes were on the sky!

Kings County sun-gazers flocked to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Clinton Hill branch on Monday for an eclipse-viewing party where they were wowed by the rare solar spectacle, according to attendees.

“Oh my gosh, it was an awesome experience,” said Rosemarie Allen of Borough Park. “Great time. It’s in my head. It’s a memory that will never leave me. Amazing!”

Special glasses plastered with images of American bald eagles and the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” were distributed at the Washington Avenue book lender’s shindig, which kicked-off a little more than an hour before the eclipse’s peak viewing time of 2:44 pm.

The event drew so many skywatchers that there weren’t enough super-patriotic shades to go around, but nobody was left out, because onlookers who gathered for the celestial show were more than happy to share specs with their fellow Brooklynites, according to another attendee.

“There weren’t enough for everybody, but a lot of people were very friendly and sharing the glasses,” said Clinton Hill resident Jessica Chong.

Monday’s total eclipse was the first to pass over the United States in 99 years. New Yorkers did not witness the phenomenon in totality, but they were treated to a 71-percent eclipse during which the moon covered more than half of the sun.

And while the phenomenon was billed as once-in-a-lifetime, locals will have reason to stare skyward again in 2024 when the moon will cover even more of the sun above Brooklyn as another total eclipse travels over parts of the eastern United States.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 9:53 am, August 22, 2017
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